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New Research Demonstrates Advances in Optimizing Treatments and Quality of Life for People With Hard-To-Treat Forms of Blood Cancer
Date:12/5/2009

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There have been significant scientific advances in the field of blood cancers, and leading experts continue to gain a better understanding of how certain diseases progress in order to discover new treatment options and provide patients with the best care. Research presented today at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology explores optimal induction therapies for managing multiple myeloma, the importance of advance care planning for improved quality of life, and a potential new first-line therapy for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"Studies such as these are designed to improve the quality of evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of various blood cancers," said moderator of the press conference Richard A. Van Etten, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center in Boston. "The results of these studies not only give hematologists a better understanding of disease progression, but also direct them to the measures that are safer and more effective in treating their patients."

This press conference will take place on Saturday, December 5, at 10:00 a.m.

A Prospective, Multicenter, Randomized Trial of Bortezomib/Melphalan/Prednisone (VMP) Versus Bortezomib/Thalidomide/Prednisone (VTP) as Induction Therapy Followed by Maintenance Treatment With Bortezomib/Thalidomide (VT) Versus Bortezomib/Prednisone (VP) in Elderly Untreated Patients With Multiple Myeloma Older Than 65 Years [Abstract #3]

Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects white blood cells known as plasma cells and is common among the elderly. In the United States, the incidence of this disease is increasing at an alarming rate with 13,000-15,000 new cases diagnosed each year.(1) Over the last few years the treatment of elderly patients older than 65 years with multiple myeloma has changed, mainly due to the introduction of nov
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